[Freedombox-discuss] freedom on desktop

Ramana Kumar ramana at member.fsf.org
Fri Aug 3 13:31:05 UTC 2012

Dear Freedombox-discuss,

I am inspired by the idea of the FreedomBox. I want the net to be more
peer-to-peer and decentralised with privacy on by default.
I use GNU/Linux and I am not averse to programming, but I am not an expert.
Can someone like me help achieve the aims of the FreedomBox Foundation
without buying a plug server? Can't I run my desktop as a server, and what
would be the point?
Are there resources for me to learn how to achieve more personal freedom,
for example (and especially) from the centralised network services I
currently use?
To take some simple examples:
What are my options for email and what are the pros and cons?
How can I encrypt my web, email, and other traffic easily?
Can I help with hosting or as a node in a peer to peer system and how?

I ask these admittedly vague questions (above the examples) in the hope
that someone on list knows of such a resource and can point me to it, or
would be interested in starting to create one.

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